how to deal with outings?

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how to deal with outings?
Fri, 03-28-2003 - 5:59pm
ok...maya is doing wonderfully at home with the potty training...she usually has no undies on, because I think that she feels like she has a diaper on when wearing them...more accidents. i think next week Ill start putting undies on her.

But other than a couple walks around the neighborhood when I know she has just gone, less than 2 hours, I haven't ventured out with her without a diaper. The only place we really go during the day is the playground, which is a 2 mile walk away, and I don't know of any bathrooms right there.

do I just bring extra clothes in case we can't walk to the nearest store in time?

there are such things as training pants that aren't pullups, right? where would I get them?

oh...and what I think helped with her...she likes to be in control of things...she hated me asking if she needed to use the toilet. so I got a stepstool to put in the bathroom so she can get up on the toilet on her own...she has not had any accidents since I started this...and I haven't had to remind her except for right before naptime. she even went in and pooped all by herself...she told me to go away even though she was crying the whole time.


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Sat, 03-29-2003 - 9:06am
Well, it sounds like she's doing great. When you go to training pants fulltime, and you do outings, put plastic pants over them. (I would use the plastic pants only at outings, since at home you want the full affect of accidents.) Since she likes to be in control, set a timer for her to sit every 2 hours, after naps, meals and snacks. Always bring lots of extra clothes, even socks during outings. Of course have her go, right before you leave. If it's potty time while you're out stay on the schedule, and have her go to the nearest bathroom before there's an accident. But remember, accidents are part of the learning process. As far as training pants go, Gerber makes an excellent training pants available at Walmarts, Kmarts, etc anywhere. You can even get them on ebay! I have a size 2T training pants lot up for sale there now!(I sell kids clothes on ebay.)

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Sat, 03-29-2003 - 9:45am
My ds is 24 months and we are going through the same thing. I let him go bottomless at home and he uses the potty or toilet nearly 100% of the time. However, when I put under wear or training pants on him he won't tell me when he needs to go (but he'll go if I put him on the potty at the right time). When we go out I put training pants on him with the plastic pants over. I keep a inflatable portable potty in my van for him to use when we are not near a bathroom--much more sanitary than public bathrooms too! Good luck! Mary
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Sat, 03-29-2003 - 8:36pm
It's funny that you wrote about this topic today because I just got logged on to post the same question. We're in the same boat- my 25 mth old daughter has been doing great- we're going on day 5 now of very good potty time. She tells me when she has to go and even sometimes just goes when I ask her to. Since this is all pretty new to her, we've stayed home the last 5 days to get the hang of things. We did go out yesterday, she didn't want to make potty before we left. I put the Gerber training pants on her w/ plastic pants over that date and within 15 minutes on being out she had an accident. We took her potty chair to a friend's house and she made pee-pees on the potty chair.

My problem is the adult toilet and public bathrooms. We went out to dinner today and she mentioned she had to go, so we went to the bathroom. As soon as she saw the toilet, she got upset & totally resisted, needless to say minutes later she had an accident.

I don't want to carry around her potty chair every where we go, especially since it's big & doesn't fold up discretely. I like the suggestion someone made about getting a portable potty chair and have considered it but I don't think I want to be stuck lugging around a potty chair every we go.

Should I buy one of those adult toilet seat covers that folds up & fits in your bag? And should I slowly start using that at home instead of her potty chair so she can get used to it? We have a big toilet seat cover from another potty chair but she doesn't really want to use that, she prefers her little potty chair. So, I'm not sure if I should invest in the 'portable seat cover' because there's a chance that she won't use that either. Or should I just stick w/ her potty chair, every now & then try using our adult toilet at home ( w/ my assistance ofcourse) and going pee-pee in public on the adult toilets will just come in time?

Any suggestions or advice would be really appreciated. We're so close w/ this potty trained thing but I'm still a bit frustrated at the going out thing.



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Mon, 03-31-2003 - 9:24pm
We use the folding potty seat when my dd is out, and the way I got my dd used to it was that I let her choose if she wanted to use her little potty or sit on the big potty using "her" potty seat while we were home. Once she was comfortable with it, it seemed to comfort her to know I had her potty seat in case she needed to use the potty while we were out.

The one I got cost less than $20 at Babies R'Us, and I think it's been a great investment.



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Tue, 04-01-2003 - 12:31pm
Actually those porta seats work great. And you can even find them fairly inexpensively at used kids clothes & supplies stores. Have her practice at home with it first, so you can take it along.


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Registered: 04-11-2003
Fri, 04-11-2003 - 5:31pm
There's a folding potty seat? What does it look like and how big?